Jun 17, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

Applied Mathematics, M.A.

College of Arts and Sciences  
Department: Mathematics and Statistics


The M.A. in Applied Mathematics provides the experience and knowledge to understand and appreciate prior accomplishments in the discipline and develops the skills necessary for a meaningful contribution to the intellectual advancement and applications of the discipline.   It prepares its graduates to pursue long-term careers in their field by providing solid and cutting edge knowledge, as well as a technical education enabling them to take on leading positions in a modern economy. Examples of careers employing the applied mathematics knowledge include, for example, Data Analyst, Financial Analyst, Cybersecurity Specialist, Software Developers, Economist, Civil Engineer, Actuary, and many others.

Major Research Areas

Algebra & Number Theory, Applied Statistics, Approximation Theory, Bio-Mathematics, Complex & Harmonic Analysis, Cyber-Security & Cryptography, Data Science, Differential Equations, Graph Theory & Combinatorics, Low-Dimensional Topology, Mathematics Education, Mathematical Physics, Operator Theory, Probability, Statistical Learning, Stochastic Processes & Modelling.


Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.
•    A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in mathematical sciences or related area.
•    At least a 55 percentile Quantitative score on the GRE; Verbal and Analytic Writing scores on the GRE are also considered.
•    At least a 3.00 GPA in undergraduate math courses.
•    Three letters of recommendation (two of which should be from college level mathematics/statistics professors).
•    A completed math department application form, including a statement of goals.
•    A completed departmental graduate teaching assistantship application form (if such a position is desired).

The Graduate Admissions Committee may provisionally admit applicants from other majors to the Master’s Program if they meet the GPA requirement.   


Total Minimum Hours:  31 credit hours

  • Shared Core Requirements – 4 hours
  • Additional Required Courses – 15 hours
  • Mathematics Knowledge Breadth and Depth Coursework – 6 hours minimum
  • Thesis – 6 hours minimum 

Shared Core Requirements (4 Credit Hours)

Additional Required Courses (15 Credit Hours)

Students must complete the following course.  If taken at the undergraduate level (MAA 4212) or its approved analogue is taken, then an approved elective may be taken in place of MAA 5306:

Mathematics Knowledge Breadth and Depth Courses (6 Credit hours minimum)

The program offers structured coursework to ensure both breadth and depth of disciplinary knowledge. The student must complete one group of courses from the Fundamental Knowledge Categories or from Mathematical Depth categories with at least a 3.00 average. Fundamental categories prepare students for the optional Qualifying Examination. A student who passes the Qualifying Examination at Ph.D. level will be considered to have completed the corresponding Fundamental Knowledge Category.  Each course may count towards only one Category.  

Fundamental Breadth Knowledge in Algebra, Analysis, or Topology:

Course Groups Representing Mathematics Depth

Comprehensive Exam

Each candidate for the M.A. degree must be examined on a thesis.  The Comprehensive Examination takes the form of an oral thesis defense, in which the candidate must demonstrate knowledge of the general subject area of the thesis.

Thesis (6 Credit Hours Minimum)

Students must register for a minimum of six (6) credit hours in MAT 6971, only six (6) hours of which may be applied toward the 30-hour degree requirement. The topic of the thesis is to be related to an application of mathematics in the real world or science.

Department Handbook

The student is responsible for familiarizing themselves with the additional program requirements and expectations listed in the program handbook, particularly those concerning timely progress.